dermatitis artefacta

(redirected from feigned eruption)

der·ma·ti·tis ar·te·fac·'ta

self-induced skin lesions resulting from habitual rubbing, scratching or hair-pulling, malingering, or mental disturbance.

dermatitis artefacta

Self-inflicted injury to the skin, usually from deliberate and prolonged scratching, but sometimes by the use of irritating substances or even sharp instruments. There is usually an underlying emotional problem but the motive may be to avoid work or obtain industrial compensation. The condition is commoner in females than in males. When the cause has been detected and removed, recovery is usually rapid but, later, other disorders may be simulated. There is a high incidence of suicide in such cases.